July 31, 2011 AT 12:08 am

MakersFactory soon to open in Santa Cruz

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MakersFactory soon to open in Santa Cruz

Let’s say you have an idea for a product, maybe even one that will enhance or improve people’s lives: a remote-controlled lawn mower for the elderly, a combo light show/breathalyzer your party guests can consult before driving home, or a stylish laser-cut table that breaks down quickly and packs flat for storage or easy transportation.

What if you could design your idea using free software? What if you could produce parts for your product using machinery you build from free blueprints or a kit, and could actually manufacture that product on your own desktop or in your office, without a factory? What if you could easily customize your product — making each one slightly different — at almost no extra cost?

The founders of MakersFactory want to show you how to do all this and more.

Chris Yonge and Dave Britton will be leading the way to the maker revolution in Santa Cruz. They hope to open the doors to the first phase of their MakersFactory — an 800-square-foot space in the Cruzio building in downtown Santa Cruz — in October. The emphasis will be on learning the basics of DIY fabrication, by providing classes, software, hardware and workspace for members and the community.

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